Fusebox Transcript Plugin (Free)

This support article is for Free subscribers only. The transcript plugin for Free subscribers operates differently than it does for Pro subscribers. If you are a Pro subscriber, go here.


What is the Fusebox Transcript plugin?

The Fusebox Transcript plugin creates a space for you to beautifully display and offer downloads of podcast transcripts on your podcast episode pages. By displaying your podcast transcripts, you enhance your website's SEO and provide your audience an accessibility-friendly way to consume your podcast.

(The Transcript Plugin does NOT transcribe your podcasts for you; you still need a transcription service like Rev or Temi.)

Want to see the Fusebox Transcript plugin in action? Check it out here!

After you subscribe to Fusebox, you will be given access to a Fusebox account where you can download your copy of the transcript plugin. To add it to your website, follow these steps (note: this is the same process as adding the player plugin):

  1. Login to your Fusebox Dashboard.
  2. Navigate to the Tools section.
  3. Download the Fusebox Transcript plugin zip file to your computer.
  4. Go to your WordPress dashboard, navigate to Plugins and click Add New.
  5. Next to "Add Plugins" click Upload Plugin and upload the Fusebox Transcript zip file.
  6. After you successfully upload the zip file, click Activate to make sure you activate the plugin (otherwise it will not work).
  7. That's it!

Fusebox Transcript Settings

After you add the Fusebox Transcript plugin, you'll see a new menu in Settings for Fusebox Transcript (see screenshot below). Note that for you, a Free subscriber, you will not have a license key to enter here. With a Pro subscription, you get a license key that will unlock additional features including email capture, highlight colors, customizable header, and more.

There are two tabs in your Fusebox Transcript Settings: General and Downloads.

General Tab:

  • Fusebox License Key: As mentioned above, as a Free subscriber, you do not have a license key so you can leave this blank.
  • Transcript Header Text: Add whatever header text you want to add for your transcript plugin. You can add your podcast name, the name of the episode, or anything you want.

  • Display Download Button: If you'd like to not show the PDF download option, toggle this off, or on if you'd like the PDF download option for your audience.
  • Display "Powered By": This is on by default for the Free subscription.
  • Post Types: The transcript editor is designed for Pages and Posts in WordPress. But if there are specific post types you want to be able to use the Fusebox Transcript plugin with, add them here. An example could be "Podcast" if you have a post type in WordPress called "Podcast."

Downloads Tab:

  • Show Logo URL: Drop your podcast logo URL in here. This logo will display on the downloadable PDF when listeners click "Download" on the front end.
  • Show Title: Add your podcast title here. This, like the logo URL, will display on the downloaded PDF.
  • Multiple Podcasts: If your site has multiple podcasts (as in the example below), you'll add podcasts in the Podcast Name section, click Save Changes at the bottom, and that will give you a drop-down menu in the Podcast section at the top to pick your podcast and associate the correct Show Logo URL and Show Title with each.

Adding the Final Touches 

Now that your Fusebox Transcript plugin is uploaded and your settings are all set, it's time to put the Transcript to work! Before you actually add the transcription, you need to do one very important thing:

Add a Fusebox Transcript shortcode to the page where you want your Transcript to show.

Under your track player, add a shortcode widget (if you're using Gutenberg editor; or shortcode if you're using classic editor) and type in the following shortcode: [fusebox_transcript]. Make sure to add the shortcode; otherwise your transcript won't show up! Like this:

After you add the [fusebox_transcript] shortcode, the transcript on the front end will work. Finally, on each page and post (and whatever other post type you clarify in the settings), you'll now see a Transcript area at the bottom of the page or post editor. It will look like this:

Because, in my example, I've added two podcasts in my settings (Smart Passive Income and AskPat 2.0), that's why you see the toggle menu with the two podcast options. 

Notes About Text and Formatting

Your text should be a .txt file. Most transcription services (Otter, Rev, Temi) will provide you with a .txt file for your audio files. Whatever HTML is typed into the box, that is what's displayed. We don't do anything to the text. If you upload a text file, we put all of that into the text box as-is, with two exceptions:
  1. If a line starts with any text and then a colon, we put a bold tag at the start of the line and a close bold tag after the colon. (It's assumed this is a speaker's name.)
  2. Anytime there's a carriage return, we add a paragraph tag
Downloads work a little differently. When creating the PDF, we strip out all the tags from the output, and obey the following HTML tags:
  • i / em: text in italics
  • b / strong: text in bold
  • u: text underlined
  • p: Add two carriage returns
  • br: Add one carriage return
  • a: create link

If you have any questions whatsoever, please don't hesitate to reach us at help@fusebox.fm.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Will the Fusebox Transcript plugin transcribe my podcast for me?
A: No, actually. The plugin displays your transcriptions, giving your transcribed podcast a beautiful front end with an option for your users to download. It's not transcription software. We recommend Rev or Temi for that. 

Q: Do I get the transcript plugin if I am subscribed on the free plan?
A: Yes, both Fusebox Pro and free subscribers get access to the Fusebox Transcript plugin. The free version of the transcript plugin does not, however, come with email capture, header colors, or Rev and Temi integrations.

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